TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY: Sunderland defender goes to Spain

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PAULO Da Silva today ended his miserable 18 months at Sunderland with the Black Cats expected to be more involved in selling than recruitment on deadline day.

Da Silva this morning finalised a permanent switch to La Liga outfit Real Zaragoza for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half year deal.

Andy Reid could follow Da Silva out of the door before tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline with Blackpool eager to capture the Irish midfielder on a permanent switch.

But Sunderland are not expecting any new additions to their squad despite Asamoah Gyan still being the only striker available to manager Steve Bruce for the next month.

The Black Cats will keep a watching eye over the market today and there always remains an outside chance of a last-gasp move for a forward if an attractive deal becomes available.

But Saturday’s double capture of Stephane Sessegnon and Sulley Muntari has reduced the pressure on Bruce to boost his ranks.

Full story in tonight’s Sunderland Echo

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